Boy meets girl. Boy starts band to draw in girl. This sweet premise makes for a movie that charms at first but quickly turns into saccharine schlock designed to induced 80s nostalgia in those who haven't actually experienced that era!
A crowd pleaser that takes on forming a band in the time of new romanticism that can't help but pale in comparison the the similary themed 'The Commitments' (different music, same issues). Young performers vary in quality of performance but two breakout performances are within namely Lucy Boynton as Raphina and Jack Reynor as Brendan the all knowing older brother. Songs written in the style new wave are quite good.
Never has forming a band, cranking out killer songs, and winning over your dream girl seemed so easy. The film's M.O. is to introduce woe, then pave over it with good feelings. It's like a peppy let's-put-on-a-show musical but with The Cure instead of Fred Astaire—sometimes irresistible, sometimes a bit self-absorbed. I dug it. But I'm a sucker for Brit schoolchildren facing corporal punishment set to The Clash.
John Carney's latest endeavor is, simply put, one of those films that makes the world a better place. Charming and touching in equal measure, Sing Street offers important considerations about life while keeping a positive and grounded attitude about dreams and aspirations. The songs are catchy, the critique accurate and the exploration of family dynamics-although subtle-extremely poignant.
Another feel-good whimsical fare from the 'young inspired artists in love' storyteller, John Carney. Pleasant and unique, though not as affecting as Once or Can a Song Save a Life? (Begin Again)
76/100 - Very Good. (3.5)
Stands alongside films such as 'The Commitments' and is an entertaining ride that encourages a new generation of musicians by identifying the best of anachronistic scenester New Romanticism in the 80s. Also, it works as a rites-of-passage film, like an Irish 'Almost Famous'.